Exclusive: WWE Banning a Current Champion’s Finishing Move

Justin LaBar

wweAccording to WWE sources, the company will be banning Seth Rollins from using the curb stomp finishing move.

WWE’s feeling about the move, which the WWE World Heavyweight Champion uses as his finisher, is that it’s too much of a direct liability and risk for a head injury. All of sports is trying to be more proactive when it comes to preventing head injuries and concussions, and this is the reason for WWE banning the curb stomp.

WWE reportedly doesn’t want its top star to be doing that move every night and they also don’t want to be showing it in past clips or videos anymore. This is why last week on RAW when Rollins came out, the video which played during his entrance was primarily just graphics of his name. The normal entrance video for Rollins features a compilation of clips, several of which are him performing the curb stomp. 

I completely understand how this move has direct risk to a Superstar’s head. I also understand WWE is facing some lawsuits from past talents who appear to be trying to get money out of them claiming injuries, so I see how this is WWE wanting to protect themselves. However, in banning this move, what’s next? There’s always going to be risk in any move done inside of the ring. I’m interested to see if this move actually remains banned or if it’s something that WWE keeps minimal risk with and gets done in a big situation or storyline for dramatic effect. We’ll talk more about this decision and my finding out about this story this weekend on Chair Shot Reality video podcast here on WZ.

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